Thursday, November 27, 2014
The snow didn't stop the birds from visiting the feeders though.
Once the snow let up to flurries this afternoon, I went out to do a little shoveling around the walks and the steps. My husband will take the snow blower to the rest tonight.
It is hard not to find enjoyment in the pretty views despite the fact that it's not even winter yet. The Mountain Ash with the red berries and the snow against the backdrop of fir trees is so beautiful!
Enjoy your weekend!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Today was so warm and sunny that after feeding a chickadee from my hand on the deck, I set up at my kitchen table to paint.
This is what I was doing in the video.
Monday, November 24, 2014
This is a mug rug that she has just finished dye painting and stitching as a commission. Her work really speaks to me. I think she does in dyes on fabric what I try to do with paint and thread. We are attracted to similar things in the outdoors and we each express it in our own way.
What am I working on?
This morning was my scheduled cleaning time when I make a quick sweep of the bathrooms and vacuum the main level. I like to get things done early in the week so I can be free for creating time!
As far as my artistic endeavors, I am currently attempting to paint a small gift in watercolor. I use watercolor frequently, but usually only in my sketchbook. They usually stay there as references and inspirations for my fiber art.
However, I recently took some pictures in a very beautiful garden belonging to a friend who lived in a house built on a slope which had to be torn down. I wanted to do something as a special keepsake.
The second thing going on in my studio right now is the sewing together of selvages following a great tutorial here. I want to make a sewing machine cover for a new (to me) machine that I just bought. I don't have a lot of selvages yet, but I could use them as a feature section as shown in the tutorial on the cover that she did..
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think others could probably tell me more about my differences than I could. I have absorbed information and techniques from many sources--workshops, books, on line classes and blogs, using it all to experiment and express my vision of my world in my own way. For example, in my last fiber art piece, Birches and Rose Hips, I used many techniques including painting the background in a shibori technique that I developed and wrote about in Quilting Arts magazine. I have done several versions, one each fall, and each one is different and each shows progress.
I like to combine paint, images from nature, collage, thread painting and sometimes hand embellishing.
Why do I create what I do?
I create because I need to and as a form of therapy. I started drawing and painting when I was young and also learned to sew and do many needle arts. Eventually, I used the drawing and painting as a method to record things that fascinate me in the natural world. I started out doing traditional quilting and it wasn't long before the drawing and painting and my work with fabric began to merge
How does my creative process work?
My process usually begins with something I've seen in my yard (I love to photograph the birds and my garden) or more often something that draws my attention on my walks on the trails.
Bluejay in our apple tree:
I take pictures and I sketch, getting a feel for how I want to portray it in fiber. This process can percolate in my head for a few days to a few weeks and occasionally longer. Sometimes I work on a piece continually from start to finish; other times, I stall and it goes up on my design wall until one day it strikes me how I need to finish it.
I would like to invite more bloggers to join in the hop.
This blogger , Riel Nason, is a writer and a quilter also from New Brunswick. She has written a book which I loved and does some very creative things with selvages.
The next blogger, Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau, also from NB, is a fellow creative who has recently taken on long arm quilting and is doing some unique stitching. She also does some dyeing, painting and creative stitching on her fabric projects.
Finally, I would like to invite a long time blogger friend of mine, Margaret Applin, who has written for Quilting Arts Magazine and done DVD's for Quilting Arts TV. I love her design style and hope to see some of it in fabrics in the near future.
She does a lot of doodling and digital collage for her designs.This is one of my favorites from this past Studio Sunday post.
I hope you have time to visit each blogger here and get to discover someone new to you.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
I thought they might be useful but wasn't sure until my friend Alice said she was making a set for someone who wanted to use them to take to the table. I can see how I might use it when I take my dinner to the TV room! The ones I made fit my flattened bowls perfectly.
For most of the day I've been puttering- washing, finishing up odds and ends like the bowls, and repairing clothing. It's a cold grey day. I admit that I stayed a little longer in my PJ's today while I sipped tea and worked at the crossword.
Still, I give myself a little creative time. I picked up the photos of a few scenes that interest me, yesterday and I started transferring one to a watercolor pad and I've laid in a pale wash for the water and sky.
It's truly an experiment for me because I have it in mind as a little gift for someone. Generally, I only do watercolors in my sketchbook as references for fabric art--never for framing on their own. I get too picky and tense with watercolors, but not so usually with my fiber art. Isn't that odd?
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
It's a rather mild day, although windy and I just couldn't work up the energy to go out and clear off the bit of snow on the driveway. I did at least do the front steps.
After lunch with my tea, I read for a bit but my mind kept straying to my most recent photos. I moved to my computer in my studio and did a preliminary sketch of the hillside that fascinated me.
I'm linking to the Needle and Thread Network.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Caught this little lady hanging on the suet cage on my deck at lunch time. It's a downy woodpecker.
Now the question is what shall I do next? Well, I have a couple of Christmas things in the works, some ideas floating around in my head, and some inspirational photos that I took the other day. These scenes are about 5 minutes from my house by car.
like the hillside sloping into the water in the next one.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
In my studio I cleared away the detritus from my present project and got some things ready to take to our guild sewing day on Saturday.
I saved some time to start quilting the Birches with Rose hips. I'm going to keep it simple. The bottom is done and I plan to outline the foreground trees.
My usual method is a binding and a hanger on the back. This one may be mounted in a frame atop a mat but with no glass.
Well, the sun has lowered toward the western horizon. I have lost the lovely rays that were shining through the window of my studio. It is time to go make myself a cup of tea and sit for a bit with my knitting.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
While things were cooking, I worked on these slippers that I'm making.
Once the bootee part is finished, there is a cable section that will get sewn onto the top, wrapping around the ankle. There are many versions and free patterns to be found on line if you google Drops Design slippers. I'm using this one called Little Red Riding Slippers.
In my studio this afternoon, I finished ( I think) the thread painting on the birches.
I'm linking to The Needle and Thread Network.
I'm also adding a link to the Sew Sisters Quilt shop for Blogathon Canada. It's always fun to find more Canadian bloggers!
Sunday, November 9, 2014
When I'm in the middle of it this is what my studio looks like.
Here's another view through the window as I sit at my machine.
I'm sharing one more picture of yesterday's bluejay. He looks quite indignant here I think.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
As th3e sun moved into the sky we saw this sparkly view through the dining room window.
So I was a bit begrudging of this morning's beauty at first but then accepting that I really have to practice living in the moment, I had to put aside thoughts of fall and stop to admire this typically wintry vista..
I caught this bluejay at the feeder and heated bird bath at midday. Even if a bit raucous and bullying, one must appreciate their beauty.
This afternoon, I spent a couple more hours in my sewing studio reworking (again) my plans on the rose-hips. It's really very good that I spend only an hour or two each day. IA piece needs to rest and be viewed with fresh eyes. Even away from a piece, I will think about it and make changes and decisions in my mind.
And so I returned to the birches today with the idea that I would use thread painting for the rose hip branches. Last night it struck me that the fabric pieces for the branches seemed too large and cutting them thinner not so easy.
I did some preliminary stitching with burgundy and red to locate some branches. Then I've started to lay on some leaves and berries.
I so wish I could purchase thread in the weights and colors that I need nearby. Sadly, even when I travel to a couple of other NB cities later this month, I will not find what I want. I shall have to make do with what I have and look into ordering some.
I'm off now to start the dough for homemade pizza.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
I just spent an hour and a half finishing up the free motion stitching in greys and blacks on the trees. Before stopping for the day I laid out some of the rosehip structures. I use tweezers for this step and I tend to keep going back to it and moving things.
I decided to iron down what I have. It does look a bit flat laying there but that will change once add the berries aLong with the shadows and highlites with stitching.
For now I'll stop here. As is my usual routine, I'll wander into the studio now again, adding bits of pieces here and there. It's a bit of a process; one I really enjoy.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Today, I've been house cleaning a bit and making soup for supper. I'm coming back from a bladder infection.so a bit slow getting things done.
What's good about having a sewing area or studio is that you can leave whatever you're working set up and cone and go at leisure.
I just sat down to add a little more stitching to the birch trees-- the grey shadows-- using a charcoal grey thread and a free motion zig zag stitch.
I've set up the ai pad again for a short video. It's just not possible to get the rright angle. I am going to try my camera some day!
Monday, November 3, 2014
I'm trying to do a few videos using my I Pad. It's a learning process. I can see that the picture would be better if I took out the sewing machine light to stop the glare. The angle is not the best though. I will have to play with that.
I have a good camera with a tri pod but have not tried that yet.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
By the time we got home, I was cold and damp, so I made a chai-cocoa tea and headed to my sewing studio.This is the view through my studio window. Notice the snow cover in the background?
This was the view of the bird feeding station on our deck yesterday. I love the heated bath. It is frequented by lots of birds and keeps us busy watching throughout the winter.
It was too late to get into my birch scene and since my machine was set up for free motion stitching, I decided to quickly stitch another mug rug put together from scraps.
Tonight is our night for the Bowflex. We bought a second hand one a couple of months ago and hubby and I have been doing the workout together.